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Desserts in a hurry

10 August 2017

By Jo Campos

Stressed because of some unexpected guests? Why not spell the word “stressed” backwards so you get - “desserts”!

A good dessert does not need to be too complicated to make. There are several ways of doing them which do not require an oven or spend a couple of hours of preparation.
Here are a few desserts recipes I have tried, all of which incorporate fruits in the ingredients for a healthier treat  They’re perfect for kids and grown-ups alike, esoecially during these hot summer days.

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
INGREDIENTS
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
16 oz. cool whip
16 oz. strawberries, sliced
2 ripe bananas, sliced
12 oz. raspberries
3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers


DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in Cool Whip until combined.
2. Fold in strawberries, bananas, and raspberries. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs



Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
INGREDIENTS
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 bananas, sliced into 1" rounds
Flaky sea salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, heat chocolate in 30-second intervals until melted. Heat peanut butter for 15 seconds in microwave until runny.
3. In a medium bowl, mix chocolate and coconut oil until combined.
4. Into small baking cups, add teaspoon scoops of chocolate. Top with a slice of banana, a teaspoon-sized scoop of peanut butter, and another scoop of chocolate. Repeat until you have used all your banana slices. Top with a pinch of sea salt.
5. Place tray in freezer for 2 hours, or until frozen. Serve.

Banana Pudding Pops

Banana Pudding Pops
INGREDIENTS
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 1/3 cup cold milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 large bananas, thinly sliced
2 cup crushed vanilla wafers

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, combine vanilla pudding mix, milk and sweetened condensed milk and whisk until smooth. Stir occasionally until the pudding has thickened, about 5 minutes.
2. Place a banana slice on the bottom of each Dixie cup. Top with a big spoonful of pudding mixture. Place a couple more banana slices on top, then sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers on top. Top with more pudding to fill the cup completely, then sprinkle with more wafers.
3. Freeze until solid, at least 5 hours and up to overnight

Skinny Mini Watermelon Cakes

Skinny Mini Watermelon Cakes
INGREDIENTS
1 small watermelon
2 cups cool whip
Rainbow candy sprinkles, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Using a chef’s knife, slice a small portion of the watermelon rind off. Use the flat edge to stabilize the watermelon on a cutting board. Slice the watermelon in 2" thick slices.
2. Using a 3" biscuit cutter, cut small rounds out of the slices of watermelon. Place a dollop of Cool Whip onto each round and sprinkle with candy rainbow sprinkles. Serve.

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